CHS Alumni Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series Alumni

CHS Alumni Hike - Wilderness Peak Loop

Alumni-only hikes offered for graduates of Seattle CHS. This hike features bridges over creeks/streams, boardwalks over marshy areas, gigantic boulders and waterfalls all while exploring on beautifully maintained trails. CHS Alumni hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph)

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,700 ft
  • Pace: 2-2.5 mph

We plan to start the hike around 9AM. See hello hiker email for other information.

Directions to the trailhead

47.5102, -122.0872 Map & Directions

From I-90, take Exit 15 and head south on Highway 900 (aka 17th Ave NW or later Renton-Issaquah Rd. SE)

In a bit over three miles from I-90, be alert for a blue sign with white letters on the right side of the road, which reads “Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park / Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trailhead.”  Slow down, and just before the sign turn uphill on the asphalt road that leads into a small parking area. There is room for about a dozen cars, and no permit is required. A portable toilet is available.

Leader's notes

This is a CHS 2 hike and will be led at an overall pace of 2.0-2.5 mph. This is a very popular trail and we will come across many other hikers/trail runners/people hiking with (leashed) dogs on a Sunday morning. We will hike on several trails and complete two different loops. Trails will include: Whittaker Wilderness Peak trail, Gombu Wilderness Cliffs Trail, Shy Bear trail, etc.

Make sure to bring your rain gear and the rest of your 10 essentials. To check the weather on the day of the hike:

Bring a snack/light lunch. We will take breaks.  Please note we are adding quite a bit of mileage and some elevation to this WTA hike.


Cougar Mountain: Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trailhead

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

10 Essentials

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